When you have children, one of the things you're most concerned about is their safety. You try to ensure they feel safe in every single aspect of their lives, and even more so when they're traveling by car. That's why you try to buy the best child restraint system for their needs and the safest one on the market. It is with this very objective - to make crash tests as accurate and rigorous as possible - that Euro NCAP is now working with larger crash test dummies.
No precaution should be overlooked, particularly if we take a look at the statistics: more than one thousand children die every year in traffic accidents on European roads, half of whom were traveling in a motor vehicle at the time. This is why parents trawl through the information on hundreds of child seats to identify the safest ones on the market.
NEW CRASH TEST DUMMIES
Euro NCAP, the European New Car Assessment Program for vehicle safety, which is supported by governments, major manufacturers and organizations related to the automotive sector worldwide, has changed its protocols for assessing the injuries incurred by children in traffic accidents in view of these alarming accident figures.
The reason for this is that when these tests were first started in 1997 they were done with crash test dummies representing children aged between 18 months and three years old sitting in the back seat of a car using the safety seats recommended by the vehicle's manufacturer.
However, this year, 2016, the test configuration has been changed to include crash test dummies representing children aged six to ten using the regular seat or booster cushion.
The aim is to check whether the test dummies will be thrown out of the seat and come into violent contact with the inside of the car in the event of a collision. If the criteria of the parameters being tested are low, it guarantees that the child will remain properly secured in the event of a collision.
Nevertheless, Euro NCAP recommends that children use child restraint systems suitable to their age and size when traveling in a car.
Vehicle manufacturers are obliged to provide information on the use of child seats and child restraint systems. Meanwhile, Euro NCAP checks the anchoring of different child seats and the protection offered by these recommended seats in the event of a frontal or side-impact collision.